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A Complete Guide to Utilities in Bedlington

Are you moving and want to know more about Bedlington? Our complete guide to utilities in Bedlington will explain in detail everything about broadband, area codes, power generation and energy distributors, and Bedlington water and sewerage. Keep reading to learn everything about utilities in Bedlington.

About Bedlington, Northumberland

Bedlington NE22 has a population of 16,974 and is located in the county of Northumberland. Northumberland has a population of 319,010 people.

Who supplies my water in Bedlington?

Bedlington water services are provided by Northumbrian Water. Here are the main contact numbers for Northumbrian Water:

How to get in touch with the water supplier in Bedlington

Ringing a contact number for Northumbrian Water is one of many contact methods to discuss your Bedlington water problems.

In the table below we have listed the main phone numbers for Northumbrian Water general enquiries and emergencies.

Northumbrian Water telephone number Northumbrian Water Emergency telephone number
0345 733 5566 0345 717 1100
Mon-Fri 8am-7pm, Sat 8am-1pm, Emergencies 24/7/365
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Write to Northumbrian Water

You can also write to Northumbrian Water, either by email or with a letter in the post. You can even send your message through the Northumbrian Water website.

If you prefer to write a letter to Northumbrian Water can do so by writing to the Northumbrian Water address below:

Northumbrian Water Address
Northumbrian Water Ltd, Northumbria House, Abbey Road
DH1 5FJ
Durham

Customers that would rather email Northumbrian Water, you must use the following email address:

Northumbrian Water Email Address
care@nwl.co.uk

Cost of water in Bedlington

Water bill in Bedlington

Water rates in Bedlington depend on whether your home has a water meter or not. You can easily check if your Bedlington water rates are metered or not by looking at a recent water bill or by speaking to the supplier. Homes with metered Bedlington water rates will have a meter number listed on their water bills.

Metered Customers in Bedlington

Customers with a water meter at their Bedlington home will pay a fixed annual charge, plus a charge for each cubic meter (m3) that's used. The fixed charge is to cover the essential running costs of Northumbrian Water. Whilst the variable charges are for the consumption at your Bedlington home.

Unmetered Customers in Bedlington

Customers that don't have a water meter at their Bedlington home pay an annual charge for their water usage. This charge is fixed, this means you will pay the same amount regardless of the amount of water you use at your Bedlington home.

The rate unmetered customers pay for water in Bedlington is based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value calculation of your Bedlington water rates will have been determined by the local council in the 90s and are unlikey to have changed since then.

Should I get a water meter installed? That depends on how much water you consume. If you have a small family, or live alone, installing a water meter at your Bedlington could be cheaper.

Customers with large households are unlikely to see any savings by installing a water meter.

How much is the average water bill in Bedlington?

The average water bill Bedlington residents are being charged is £14.83 per month, which is £178 annually.

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How do I pay my Bedlington water bill?

First of all, you will need to register with Northumbrian Water. Once you've registered an account with Northumbrian Water, you will be offered a choice of payment options such as:

  • Direct Debit
  • Online payments
  • Pay over the phone
  • Bank transfer
  • Payment by cheque
  • Payment card

You may be able to choose how often you pay your Bedlington bill. Whilst some customers prefer to make a single annual payment, other customers might like to set up quarterly, monthly, or even weekly payments instead. When you set up your Northumbrian Water account, you will be able to choose your preferred payment method and frequency.

Can I switch the water supplier in Bedlington?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Bedlington NE22, your water supplier is Northumbrian Water.

Since April 2017, business water customers have been able to switch water suppliers. You can find out if your business is eligible in our guide to switching water suppliers.

Bedlington Water Frequently Asked Questions

Below we have answered some common questions that customers in Bedlington have about their water supply.

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Bedlington

Is tap water in Bedlington safe to drink?

Yes! You can drink the tap water in Bedlington. You can rest assured that Bedlington water meets high standards making it safe to drink. The UK Drinking Water Inspectorate has scored Bedlington water quality 99.94% in overall mean zonal compliance, meaning that your water is safe to drink. It is not required to boil or filter Bedlington water to make it drinkable.

Where does the water in Bedlington come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Bedlington:

  • Surface sources - 93%
  • Groundwater sources - 6%
  • Mixed sources - 1%

Is the water hard in Bedlington

While rainwater itself is relatively soft, water hardness can change through the water cycle. As rainwater filters through rocks, it picks up minerals, such as magnesium and calcium. The more minerals the water picks up, the harder is your water considered.

The water hardness in Bedlington is less than 60ppm, this means the water in in Bedlington is rated as soft water.

What does this mean?

The water supply to your home in Bedlington contains just trace amounts of hard water minerals. soft water means your home appliances should be more efficient and your clothes will come out softer after washing. It also means less limescale build-up in your home appliances meaning they should not break down as often.

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You don't need to add a water softener to the water in Bedlington.

Bedlington No Water

If there isn't any running water in your Bedlington home, you will first need to find out whether the problem is with your home plumbing or if the problem is a widespread issue affecting Bedlington.

If there is no water at your Bedlington home, is it only affecting cold water or hot water? If the problem is only affecting your hot water, the issue will be with your home plumbing and not a problem affecting Bedlington.

If you don't have any cold water, not even a trickle, contact Northumbrian Water for assistance. You can also try the following:

  1. Look at the "In Your Area" sections on the Northumbrian Water website for any information explaining why you have no water.
  2. Examine the Twitter account of Northumbrian Water, quite often you will find they have posted an update about the issue.
  3. Check with your neighbours to find out if they also have no water.
  4. Check that your stop tap is open.

Bedlington water leak or flooding

Bedlington water problems might include anything from a burst water main or flooding, to a leak in your Bedlington home. So you must make sure you know who to contact and what to do and if you have a water emergency.

If you notice a water leak or flooding outside your Bedlington property, you must do one of the following as soon as possible:

  1. Call Northumbrian Water whether the problem is with clean water or wastewater.
  2. If you have access to the internet, go to the "report a leak" section of the Northumbrian Water website and fill out the online form.

Why does the water in Bedlington taste strange?

If you find the taste or smell is different with your Bedlington water this could be because of one of the following reasons:

  1. Chlorination is a safe manner to ensure thorough hygiene in the pipe network.
  2. Seasonal changes can affect it by infusing your Bedlington water with an earthy taste or smell.
  3. Plumbing can also contribute to the taste of your household water, adding salty, metallic, or rubbery hints to Bedlington water.

If you have questions about your water's taste, smell, or appearance, you should get in touch with Northumbrian Water using the contact information above.

Internet in Bedlington NE22

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The speed of your broadband connection at your Bedlington home depends on several factors such as:

  • Availability of fibre
  • Distance from the telephone exchange
  • Placement of your router
  • If you're using wi-fi or ethernet
  • Which provider you have

Test your internet speed and see if it matches the average connection speed for Bedlington with our easy to use broadband speed test tool.

Did you know that the average download speed in the UK is around 62.5Mbps?

Bedlington Average Download Speed Bedlington Average Upload Speed
52.00 Mbps 13.05 Mbps
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The way you choose to connect to the internet can affect your download and upload speed in Bedlington. An FTTP is the fastest internet connection available in the UK however, at the time of writing, this is only available to 31.83% of UK households.

ADSL internet connections are the slowest, in some remote parts of the UK it's the only type of internet connection that's available.

What should you consider when picking a broadband provider in Bedlington?

It's 2022, which means the internet is just as important as any other utility, perhaps more important. Which means picking a reliable provider for your internet might seem daunting at first. To ease the pressure, we've covered four main points worth considering before picking a broadband provider in Bedlington.

Availability

The first thing you need to think about whilst picking a broadband provider in Bedlington is the availability. Most homes in Bedlington can take advantage of fibre or 'superfast' connections, people outside a built-up area may have limited access to the type of connection.

That being said, homes that have been built recently may already have access to ultrafast FTTH since developers often install the latest technology during construction.

Type of connection

What are the different types of connection in Bedlington?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest available internet connection in Bedlington
    • Fibre broadband is split into two categories, they are called 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband gives you a minimum download speed of at least 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre connection comes with downloads speeds from 300 Mbps up to 1 Gbps.
  • ADSL or ADSL2
    • An older type of connection that is delivered through your traditional telephone line.
    • Slower speeds up to 24 Mbps.
    • Available to 99.9% of Bedlington homes.
  • Cable
    • Speed that are the same as, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Available only via Virgin Media.
    • Limited availability in some parts of Bedlington.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed depends on strength of the mobile coverage in Bedlington.
    • Can be more expensive for heavy users without unlimited data.
    • No special equipment required by tethering to your smartphone, however there are some mobile networks that restrict tethered connections.
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Bedlington broadband value for money

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Another important consideration is the price you pay for broadband in Bedlington. You will see many broadband providers are offering a low priced offer especially for new customers, but the price can quickly increase. It's important to read the small print of the offer before you commit to a broadband connection in Bedlington. Some providers will raise the price even during the initial contract period. We reported recently on the BT price hike that has affected millions of customers.

Bedlington Broadband Reliability

The reliability of broadband in Bedlington must also be considered, with many people working from home either full-time or part-time, having a reliable internet connection to keep up to date with work your work is a priority.

When we're relaxing we're watching movies online or gaming online which without a reliable broadband connection at your Bedlington home will be an important thing to consider.

Bedlington broadband customer service

Finally, the technical support for your Bedlington internet connection is extremely important. You might never need to contact your broadband provider, however, if you have an issue and need to get in touch with them a provider with excellent customer service that is able to solve your issue in a fast and efficient manner should be considered when you choose a broadband provider in Bedlington.

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Broadband FAQ

Our FAQ contains the answers to the most asked questions from customers in Bedlington ask about their broadband.

Broadband Frequently Asked Questions

How fast is the broadband in Bedlington?

The average broadband speed in Bedlington is:

Bedlington Average Download Speed Bedlington Average Upload Speed
52.00 Mbps 13.05 Mbps

What do ADSL, Superfast, FTTC, FTTH, and FTTP actually mean?

Put simply, these are the different kinds of internet connection.

  • ADSL: Asymmetric digital subscriber line - with this kind of broadband you can get speeds up to 24 Mbps. However, the speed reduces as you get further away from the telephone exchange.
  • Superfast: This is a kind of fibre broadband connection with download speeds of at least 30 Mbps.
  • FTTC: Fibre To The Cabinet - this is a fibre connection that is delivered to one of those green cabinets that you might have near your home in Bedlington, from there it's connected to your home through your traditional copper wire telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - This is a fibre broadband connection is connected with 100% fibre cables to your Bedlington house. That makes it the most reliable and fastest fibre broadband. At present, 31.83% of homes in the UK .

What broadband speed do I need?

It really does depend on how you will use the internet. Take a look at this table to find out what sort of download speed you should choose when signing up for broadband in Bedlington.

Usual Internet habits Recommended Broadband Download Speed Maximum of 2 devices
Maximum of 2 devices Web, email, working from home (WFH), light streaming, social media, etc 10-25 Mbps Broadband
Maximum of 5 devices AAll of the above, online gaming and 4K streaming 50-100 Mbps Broadband
5 devices or more All the above plus large file transfers or streaming your own video content on the web 100+ Mbps Broadband

What's the difference between 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz WiFi?

2.4ghz and 5ghz are the kinds of radio frequencies that internet routers use to talk to your connected devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi signals travel further, but transmit data at slower speeds. 5Ghz WiFi signals don't have as much range, but will transmit the data between devices at faster rates.

What's the telephone dialling code of Bedlington

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The landline area code, sometimes called the dialling code, for Bedlington is 01806. If you're calling somebody in Bedlington, and you are not in the same area, you must add 01806 before the number you're trying to call.

How much does an 01806 Bedlington call cost?

If you have a call plan with your landline or mobile, then the call cost will probably be included in that tariff. If you don't have an included calls tariff, the cost of the call will be about 10p per minute, plus the call set-up charge.

If you are unsure whether you have a plan that includes calls, you should ask your provider before calling to avoid unexpected charges on your bill.

How many telephone area codes are there in the UK? There are 645 area codes in the UK incl. Northern Ireland. Area codes in the UK can be three, four, or five digits long.

Gas and Electricity in Bedlington

Residents of Bedlington can choose their gas and electricity provider, but regardless of the supplier they are billed by, the electricity and gas is maintained and supplied by the network operator for the region.

These network operators are officially called Distribution Network operators (DNOs) and these are the companies that own, operates and maintains the infrastructure that connects your Bedlington home to the gas network and electricity grid.

In many cases you won't need to contact the Bedlington distribution network operator, but should the need arise, you can find the distribution network operator for Bedlington below.

You can find out more information about what a Distribution Network Operator (DNO) does in our Distribution Network Operator guide

Electricity Distribution Network Operator responsible for Bedlington

The electricity distribution network operator for Bedlington is Northern Powergrid - North East. You can find the Northern Powergrid - North East contact details in the table below:

Northern Powergrid - North East Contact Information
General Enquiries 0800 011 3332
Emergencies 0800 668 877
Email cus.serv@northernpowergrid.com
Website https://www.northernpowergrid.com/
Address RSXE-RCZX-XKBL, Manor House, Manor House
Penshaw, Houghton le Spring

The UK has six electricity distribution network operators:

  1. Electricity North West
  2. Northern Powergrid
  3. SSE Networks
  4. SP Energy Networks
  5. UK Power Networks
  6. Western Power Distribution
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Power Generation near Bedlington

There are no power plants within a 10 mile radius of Bedlington.

Fossil Fuels

In 2021, a total of 47.4% of the UK’s electricity was generated by burning fossil fuels. This was mostly in the form of natural gas (42%) and coal (2.7%). In addition, a small amount was produced from other kinds of fossil fuels (2.7%). The amount of electricity generated from fossil fuels varies each year.

Nuclear Power

16.1% of the UK's electricity came from nuclear reactors in 2021, this is expected to reduce in the next few years as the UK’s nuclear power stations begin to close, by 2035 there will only one nuclear power plant still producing energy. However, we can expect new nuclear reactors to be built such as Hinkley Point C which is currently under construction.

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy produced 40.3% of electricity in 2021, that's up from 29% in 2018. Renewable sources can include wind, solar, hydro, and biomass. This is expected to continue rising as the UK is focussed on meeting its net-zero targets.

Municipalities Near Bedlington

Perhaps you're wondering which towns and cities are within reach of Bedlington, in the table below you can see the five nearest towns and cities to Bedlington.

Closest five municipalities to Bedlington
Municipality Distance from Bedlington
West Sleekburn 2.04 miles
Guidepost 2.04 miles
Stakeford 2.04 miles
Bomarsund 2.04 miles
Scotland Gate 2.04 miles